Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 – the 20th anniversary of which seems to have caught so many people by surprise – Eastern Europe has reclaimed its former glory as a thriving, diverse region. It now welcomes an increasing number of visitors who are keen to experience the wide range of sights, tastes and sounds available to travellers from any background.
The UN defines Eastern Europe as being made up of 10 countries – Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine – but we’ve added the Baltic republics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and the continental frontier country of Georgia, since the area’s political, religious and cultural qualities don’t split cleanly along its borders.
While a shared heritage means that there are compelling regional similarities, there’s also an inspiring amount of diversity. Even a short journey through Eastern Europe is enough to guarantee a genuinely rich range of experiences and encounters.
Whether it’s skiing in the Czech Republic or quaffing some of Moldova’s excellent wines, there’s always something different to try and somewhere new to see.